Stephen Grindlay

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Stephen Grindlay
Personal information
Full name Stephen Grindlay
Date of birth (1982-03-13) 13 March 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Alexandria, Scotland
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Beith Juniors
Youth career
1998–2000 Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Newcastle United 0 (0)
2001 Grimsby Town 0 (0)
2001–2007 Dumbarton 174 (0)
2007–2008 Queen of the South 2 (0)
2008–2010 Ayr United 41 (0)
2010–2015 Dumbarton 93 (0)
2015– Beith Juniors
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7/5/2015.

Stephen Grindlay (born 13 March 1982 in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire) is a Scottish professional footballer who last played as a goalkeeper for Dumbarton, where he was their longest serving player.

Early career[edit]

Grindlay began his career as a youth player for Celtic before being picked up by Newcastle United. He was primarily in the youth system, however he did make one appearance in a friendly match with the first team against Berwick Rangers when he was 19. He left and had a spell with Grimsby Town. This was brief and soon returned home, with his family at Dumbarton.

Dumbarton[edit]

Grindlay was shipped off on loan to Dumbarton F.P's during his first season to give him some regular football. He helped guide them to a domestic cup final at Hampden Park in Glasgow, losing 2–1. He returned and found himself immediately in the 1st team. He became one of Dumbarton's most experienced and highest paid players at such a young age, making nearly 200 appearances and setting records along the way. In 2004, he won the Dick Jackson Memorial Shield, an award given to players by supporters for being the best young player at the club.[1] On 7 April 2007 he kept his 15th clean sheet of the season, breaking a record set back during the 1991–92 season.

Queen of the South[edit]

After leaving Dumbarton, Grindlay signed for First Division side Queen of the South on 9 July 2007. He made four appearances for the club.

Ayr United[edit]

Grindlay was snapped up by Ayr United boss Brian Reid after his release from Queen of the South. Grindlay played in every game in the 2008–09 Season as Ayr went up via the Play-Offs. On 10 January 2009 he saved an Allan Russell penalty in a 2-2 Scottish Cup draw with Kilmarnock.[2]

Dumbarton[edit]

Grindlay opted to take up a second spell with the Sons for the 2010–11 season, he has signed for another season at 'The Rock' in May 2011. During the 2011–12 season he was in fine form as he helped the Sons win promotion through the play-offs to make the First Division for the first time in 16 years. After re-signing with the club for the 2014–15 season Stephen will be in his 10th season with Dumbarton and therefore entitled to a Testimonial match. He had the following to say about his upcoming testimonial:[3]

“We will need to look to get a testimonial committee together and fingers crossed we can get a game and a few events arranged... It will be a good chance to get the players and the fans together for a day that everyone can enjoy.” [3]

He left the club on the week of the testimonial at the end of his contract.[4]

Honours[edit]

Ayr United
Dumbarton
Beith Juniors

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